Bell Bar beat Bull in upset

DARTS players were back at the oche on Friday, after the Alnwick Premier Darts League resumed following the Christmas break.

And it was a busy start to 2011, with a host of cup and league matches.

In the Knock Out Cup second round, it was Division B league leaders Bell Bar B who made the headlines, claiming a higher-league scalp by beating Division A side John Bull 4-0.

But there was to be no upset in the second round clash between Division A league leaders Alnmouth Village and Division B RAFA Club, with the Village ending the Club’s fine cup run with a 4-0 victory.

It proved to be a good night for Alnmouth, who also played their outstanding league match against the Fleece. The Village won 5-2 to open up a five point lead at the top of Division A.

Some consolation for the Fleece was a 180 from Hal Hegerty.

The second round of the Knock Out Cup also saw Alnwick Gate A beat Oddies B, with the Gate winning the all-Division A clash 4-1.

Meanwhile, Division A side George A narrowly defeated Division B opponents Alnwick Working Men’s Club A 4-3.

The results mean that Alnmouth, Alnwick Gate A, Bell Bar B and The George A will battle it out in the competition’s semi-final.

There was also cup joy for Alnwick Working Men’s Club B and Farriers B who both triumphed in the preliminary round of the Subsidiary Plate.

The Club B booked their place in the competition’s first round with a 4-2 victory over Division B rivals Blue Bell A.

Farriers B claimed a higher-league cup scalp, as well as Shilbottle bragging rights, with a victory over their A team, coming from behind to defeat their Division A Shilbottle club colleagues by four legs to two.

The first round of the Subsidiary Plate takes place tomorrow. At the RAFA Club, Oddies A face Farriers B (8pm) before Tanners A play Tanners B (9pm).

At the Tanners Arms, Alnwick Gate B play George B (8pm) and the Working Mens Club B face Fleece (9pm).

For more league information, visit www.alnwickpdl.co.uk